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In the pre-TV era, people saw the news every week in their neighborhood movie theaters. Newsreels were shown before every feature film and in dedicated newsreel theaters located in large cities. Universal Newsreel, produced from 1929 to 1967, was released twice a week. Each issue contained six or seven short stories, usually one to two minutes in length, covering world events, politics, sports, fashion, and whatever else might entertain the movie audience. These newsreels offer a fascinating and unique view of an era when motion pictures defined our culture and were a primary source of visual news reporting.

Universal City Studios gifted Universal Newsreel to the American people, put the newsreels into the public domain, and gave film materials to the National Archives in 1976. Surviving materials from the entire collection are available at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland.

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Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 8
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Cold War 5
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994 5
1944 2
Project Mercury (U.S.) 2
Space Race 2
1961–62 FA Cup 1
4th USSR-USA Dual Track And Field Meet 1
Algeria -- History -- Revolution, 1954-1962 1
Baer, Max, 1909-1959 1
Beatty, Jim 1
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989 1
Boston, Ralph, 1939- 1
Boxing 1
Braddock, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1974 1
Brumel, Valeriy 1
China Marines 1
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- Civil War, 1960-1965 1
Cuba -- History -- Invasion, 1961 1
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 1
Engel v. Vitale (1962) 1
Fashion 1
Gagarin, Yuri Alekseyevich, 1934-1968 1
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1
Glenn, John, 1921- 1
Grissom, Virgil I 1
Hindenburg (Airship) 1
JFK 1
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 1
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Assassination 1
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Death and burial 1
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Speeches 1
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Tomb 1
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971 1
Launch vehicles 1
Louis, Joe, 1914-1981 1
Lumumba, Patrice, 1925-1961 1
Manned Spacecraft Center (U.S.) 1
McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company-St. Louis 1
Nanking Massacre, Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 1937 1
Oswald, Lee Harvey 1
Palmer, Arnold, 1929- 1
Phantom II (Jet fighter plane) 1
Player, Gary 1
Prayer 1
Rudolph, Wilma, 1940-1994 1
Saint Matthew's Cathedral (Washington, D.C.) 1
Schirra, Wally 1
Shepard, Alan B. (Alan Bartlett), 1923-1998 1
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 -- China -- Nanjing Shi 1
Soccer -- Tournaments -- Great Britain 1
Telstar 1
Telstar 1 1
Thant, U, 1909-1974 1
Track and field -- Tournaments -- California -- Palo Alto 1
UAW 1
USS Chaumont 1
USS Chaumont (AP-5) 1
USS Lafayette 1
USS Lafayette (SSBN-616) 1
United States. -- Marine Corps -- Marines, 6th -- History 1
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 1
Von Braun, Wernher, 1912-1977 1
World War, 1939-19455 -- China 1
immigration 1
labor 1
mexico 1
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(1) Nuremberg trials continue, covered by cameras and press, chart shown of "entire Hitler dynasty" (2) German War Plant Razed - Gen. Truscott oversees blowing up of I.G. Farbin explosives factory. (partial newsreel)
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Eve of Battle "Universal Newsreel, in full co-operation with the War Department, presents official pictures of the final military preparations for the launching of D-Day. A host of nations engage in the huge task. The invasion, in truth, is a United Nation's effort." (complete newsreel)
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Great crowd outside Presidential Palace in Havana approves executions of Batista officials; Castro addresses crowd (partial newsreel)
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King Alexander and Louis Barthou, Shot Down in Streets of Marseilles by Revolutionists. Furious Spectators Batter Killer to Death As His Victims Die. Alexander Murdered - "Universal Newsreel brings you the First Actual motion pictures of the murder of King Alexander of Jugoslavia and French Foreign Minister Barthou" scenes of the King arriving on cruiser at Marseilles, ride through town, shots, mob beats the assassin, a Croatian.
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"The cleverest anti-Nazi propaganda yet! You will howl with glee when you see and hear what our London newsreel friends have cooked up for Hitler and his goose-stepping armies. The 'Nasties' skip and sway in tune to the Lambeth Walk!" - humorous editing of German newsreels to make fun of Hitler and the Nazis. (partial newsreel)
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(1) "The dramatic film history of the atom bomb test at Bikini! Pictures of the actual bomb drop! Blasted ships and the terrible destructive force of the world's fourth atom bomb! Universal Newsreel, in cooperation with the Army and Navy, presents the motion picture drama, 'Operation Crossroads.' This film record of the historical event shows in dramatic detail the various phases of the epochal experiment, from takeoff to the awful blast that destroyed or damaged more than half the ships...
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(1) B-47 a-bomb fell on house in SC, first such accident (2) Los Angeles - automatic control of machine tool production line, using punched tape, developed by Hughes Aircraft Company (partial newsreel).
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Antiwar demonstrators protest in Central Park, march to UN building, included students and hippies and priests and nuns, burn draft cards, shouted confrontations with anti-antiwar marchers, prowar signs, Martin Luther King leads procession; another march in downtown San Francisco down Market Street to stadium, sponsored by loose coalition of left-wing anti-war groups, "President Johnson meanwhile let it be known that the FBI is closely watching all anti-war activity."- violence in...
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(1) Japanese Films of atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima, released one year later (2) Underwater atom blast rocks Bikini (line down middle of film frames) Admiral Blandy commander of task force, 2nd test of Operation Crossroads, cameras point to site of underwater explosion Test Baker, mushroom cloud of explosion, carrier Saratoga finally sinks, another view of the blast from overhead airplane. (sound track cuts out at very end)
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Chicago: Exclusive sound pictures of Cecil H. Dill, of Traverse Coty, Michigan, an aspiring radio artist demonstrating his ability to render popular melodies by pressing his hands together. Dill modestly tells how he discovered his unusual talent. (partial newsreel)
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Howard Hughes seriously injured in crash in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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"New Mexico: Fourteen-ton Nazi rockets, launched by Army technicians in the first phase of our new long-range missile program, soar 75 miles into the ionosphere and attain phenomenal speeds. Amazing slow motion camera record shows spectacular event." - scenes of V-2 rockets assembled by Americans at White Sands New Mexico raised to launch position and test fired, seen in slow motion camera, up 75 miles to 3000 mph in 60 seconds. (partial silent newsreel)
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(1) "RAF Lancasters converge on the 45,000 ton Nazi Battlewagon, hidden in Tennsue Fjord in Norway. She is throwing tons of bursting steel skyward, but super blockbusters plummet down and she is hit. Winds blow away her smoke screen and again she is hit mortally. This time the smoke clouds mark her slipping beneath the waves, forever." (2) All Out Drive On Germany - "In the snows of Northeastern Europe, huge, lumbering 105 and 105mm. howitzers lay down their curtains of fire on...
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(1) "First actual newsreel pictures of atrocities in Nazi murder camps. Helpless prisoners tortured to death by a bestial enemy...Here Is The Truth" (Real-life horror pictures revealing the unbelievable atrocities committed by the Nazis in their murder camps) Grasleben: Wounded and emaciated Yanks, captured in von Runstedt's bulge attack of last winter, are fed and given medical care by the Yank armies of liberation. Hadamar: Protected by gas masks, grave diggers open reeking graves...
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(1) Reel 1 - "Nanking" (2) Reel 2 - "Uncensored!!! Unedited!!! The U.S.S. Panay Bombing in its entirey - exactly as photographed!" (this newsreel special is 22 minutes long, with music and narration)
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Truman Library dedicated in Independence MO, with Chief Justic Earl Warren, in Masonic ritual, also Eleanor Roosevelt and Sen. Knowland, Hoover and Truman shake hands, Truman with Churchill picture, and 1948 election newspaper photo (partial newsreel).
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Pleiku in Vietnam, 8 died in recent attack, but 49 jets struck back, McNamara briefing with map shows response, speaks about retaliatory action approved by NSC; pictures of aircraft carrier and jets taking off; 2nd raid the next day by planes, Hawk missile battery, George McBundy arrives at Camp Holloway in Vietnam, visited hospital and Pleiku wounded, McBundy next day back at White House, speaks to press about the "sneak attack" due to nature of war in Vietnam and 'the contest...
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"The Battle of Manila (Additional pictures, just received, showing the details of the terrible battle between MacArthur's Armies and the fanatical Japs). The Japs, content with delaying actions against the Yanks, as they retreated southward in Luzon, resolved to put on one of their fanatical 'death stands' within the confusion of Manila. The motorized U.S. 1st Cavalry Division enters Rizal Stadium, where Jap fire meets them from the bleachers and the stands. Tank fire and machine guns turn...
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Adlai Stevenson at UN speaks on Cuban Missile Crisis; Castro builds up defenses in Cuba; cameras installed in airplane, photos show details, MiG-21 jets, OAS endorsed US in 20-0 vote, Dean Rusk shown at this meeting; Guantanamo base marines arrive; UN building exterior, Adlai Stevenson speaks (complete newsreel)
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"Lakehurst, NJ: Thirty-five persons die and scores of others are injured as the mighty dirigible explodes three hundred feet over the landing field at the end of her first voyage of the season from Europe. A terrific burst of flame engulfs the stern of the ship and spreads with the rapidity of lightning to the bow. The inferno of blazing hydrogen gas cremates all living beings in its path, as the twisted skeleton of the balloon settles quickly to the ground. Rescue crews brave death to...
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First report of Sputnik - animations of rocket used same animations as done for earlier report on the Vanguard story (partial newsreel)
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"Berlin, Germany: An unprecedented display of power and organization by the Brown Shirted forces of the German Chancellor marks the final pre-election activities of the Social Democrats, with long columns of uniformed men in spirited procession down Unter den Linden from Brandenberg Gate to the Lustgarten, with Swastika banners fluttering over the Pretorian Guard the Storm Battalions that back up the new regine. Prof. Albert Einstein, world famous physicist, renounces his homeland because...
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Florida - Atlas ICBM launched at Cape Canaveral, tape recorder running, carried payload of research instruments 9000 miles to Indian Ocean, "longest surface-to-surface rocket ever achieved."
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Sydney, Australia: Unusual close-ups of a remarkable human enigma - Ernest Soong Soong Yee, an Australian, born in New South Wales, whose parents died while in China and who was adopted by a Chinese family and brought up as a Celestial. He needs an interpreter to converse with his fellow-citizens in the land of his birth." (partial newsreel)
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(1) Mideast war develops from Gulf of Aqaba blockade; Arab socialists support Nasser in Cairo, Nasser signs pact with Hussein; Jordan tanks roll; chief-of-staff Rabin and officers (2) news in brief - 2 US helicopters make 1st nonstop transatlantic flight to Paris; world's largest jetliner DC-8 at Paris Air Show (3) Boston Roxbury riots, stores burn at night; 40 arrested (4) Vietnam - entire village evacuated from DMZ (5) Quemoy underground facilities manned by free Chinese, balloons sent to...
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(1) - "Pres. Roosevelt cites Italy's capitulation as a victory for the Italian people, as well as for Gen. Eisenhower, as he officially opens the Third War Loan Drive." includes scenes from Fireside Chat #26 and speech sound announcing Italian surrender (2) Churchill at Harvard - "Harvard confers its coveted degree upon Winston Churchill. In his speech, the Prime Minister pledges that England will march side by side with the U.S. to complete victory." (3) Blast Nazi...
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(1) "Strasbourg, capital of Alsace-Lorraine, is captured by the Americans and the French. Flooded canals testify to the unruly weather being encountered. Tons of heavy equipment have been left by the Nazis in their headlong retreat. And swastikas by the thousand, are trod under foot by sullen Nazi prisoners. Various villages, including Baseweiler, are bombarded, then entered. Many Yanks are wounded. Following the scorched earth policy, the Nazis have applied the torch to many of the towns,...
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1) Salk vaccine being administered, to babies, twin girls, Indians of Oklahoma (2) Thomas Gates become Secy Navy at Pentagon, Radford replaced by Twining, arrival of Brazil general Vaza to consult defense planners, Ike given medal by Pan-American Society (partial newsreel).
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(1) Allies Seize German Loot and Criminals - "With Germany's complete capitulation, her various leaders present diverse pictures as they are forced from their habitats, into surrender. Hermann Goering, Number Two Nazi, seems dazed as all the dangling medals are removed from his broad chest and he is subjected to a blistering press conference with British and U.S. correspondents. Discovery of his vast collection of stolen art treasures at Berchtesgaden, only adds to his discomfiture. Field...
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Mussolini Executed - "Il Duce Obit 1945 - Benito Mussolini orates before his Black Shirt Legions and confers with his arch conspirator, Hitler. Reverses strike and Hitler rescues him from the Allies. Currently, he returns to Milan only to be tried and killed in the same inglorious way that he had meted out punishment to his political foes." (partial newsreel)
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JFK speaks on Cuban Missile Crisis - "Soviet military buildup on the island of Cuba" - "a strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment has been initiated" - "clandestine, reckless" - JFK had meeting with Gromyko (partial newsreel)
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(1) New York World's Fair, symbolized by Unisphere, many bldgs yet to be completed, theme "peace through understanding" with 58 nations to participate, on same site as 1939 Fair (2) Grauman's Chinese Theater - Haley Mills leaves handprints (partial newsreel)
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(1) "Conferences at Guam ended, Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Nimitz sends an armada of 1,400 vessels to Okinawa in the Ryukus. En route, the men of the new U.S. 10th Army stage their own deck entertainment, and secure their issue of invasion money. Land sighted, the big guns of the fleet bark into action, and tons of rockets are sped shoreward. Landing craft race in, and unopposed landings are made. Inland, Jap dugouts and pill boxes are destroyed with grenades. Past broken forts,...
(1) Help For Democracies - America's answer - ships, tanks, guns and planes for the brave actions fighting aggression. As the Arsenal of Democracy, the U.S. delivers the goods!" - scenes include FDR speaking to Congress (2) The 3rd Term - "Unprecedented third term for President Roosevelt! Franklin Delano Roosevelt takes office at gravest crisis in America's history." (3) Sabotage and Strikes - "Flames of destruction destroy vital American factories and supplies. Strikes too...
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(silent) (1) Highlights of the Year - "Politics" - Truman imitates Kaltenborn after winning election; "Cold War!" - Bonn Republic took its place; "Communism!" - Tito saluting, Chiang Kai-shek, spies arrested; animals in heavy snow; airplane crash, ship fire; "Weddings!" (2) "Atom Bomb!" - UN meeting, man speaks of impasse on international control; film of bomb explosions (no sound) (complete newsreel)
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British plane on takeoff near Munich causes death of 25, including Manchester United soccer team. (partial newsreel).
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Marine truck convoy ambushed in Vietnam war; troops attack huge Viet Cong base, foot soldiers advance, roundup prisoners including women; helicopters pick up prisoners.
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Polaris missile loaded from truck to sub at Cape Canaveral, missile hatches opened on USS George Washington, missile fired 1100 miles to its target, then 2nd missile fired.
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1) Bikini test for H-Bomb again, dropped by B-52 from 55,000 ft to explode at 15,000 ft. (2) "Supersonic Sled" rocket sled test, dummy ejected (3) "Kid Stuff" - Brookfield Zoo animals (4) Seattle fishing resort "for little Isaac Waltons" - conservation (5) junior rodeo (complete newsreel)
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1) Nationalist China seated in UN, Malek departed, absent when Korean War began (2) "Communism" - Berlin, France, Japan, Union Square in New York, spy Gubitchev deported (3) "Korea Invaded" - MacArthur, savage war of attrition on narrow beachhead, scores died, atrocities, rapidly narrowing perimeter, but 12 nations rallied, led by Canada, Inchon landing, air cover of B-29s dropping bombs, allies pushed north, "then, it happened" and UN armies forced into retreat,...
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Airplane takes off with film of FDR Inauguration, lands in New York City, views of the inaugural parade. "The First Sound Pictures Ever Shown of a Presidential Inauguration. The Brilliant Ceremonies marking The Induction of Franklin D. Roosevelt as the 32nd President of the United States. Striking close-up views of President-elect Roosevelt's arrival at the White House to take President Hoover to the Capitol for the Inaugural ceremony, and the historic ride of the celebrated pair down...
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(1) "Events within Germany leading to the present 'power drive' in the West, shown in captured German newsreels. Theaters are shut down, women are drafted for war work, trolleys tow trucks to save gasoline, robot bombs are launched, and at the front, the Nazi military carries on despite the appearance of American air fleets. Allied cameras show Yank heavy artillery in action, Nazi prisoners are collared, near St. Nazaire, France, an exchange of Allied and Nazi prisoners is effected through...
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Louis Armstrong arrives in Congo, plays trumpet (partial newsreel)
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"Eleanor Roosevelt convulses audiences as she relates a whopper involving the Japs and her husband." sound of Mrs. Roosevelt speaking. (partial newsreel)
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Titan II launch in South Atlantic, with camera on 2nd stage - makes film of stage separation above earth, "The curvature of the earth is plainly visible. Through the magic of the camera earthlings take their first ride into space." (partial newsreel)
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Whole issue on Friendship 7 Mercury space flight of John Glenn; Glenn getting ready, puts on space suit, walks to launch pad, 6 am EST, 10 months after Gagarin, gets into his capsule on top Atlas missile, rocket blastoff, animation of capsule turning around, go for 7 orbits, "actual pictures of Glenn in the capsule" and animations of Glenn's orbit around earth, destroyer Noah lifts capsule aboard, Glenn rests and then lifted aboard helicopter for flight to carrier USS Randolph...
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"Nazi Rocket Backfires - Germany: These amazing films, found in Germany, show V-2 rocket launchings against enemy targets. One of the giant missiles backfires and explodes in the launching site, killing scores." - scenes from captured Nazi films. (partial silent newsreel)
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"Independence Day in Europe - In France, General Eisenhower observes General Bradley fire a giant howitzer which signals our massed artillery into a massed cresendo of fire. Behind the lines, the French string 'Welcome' signs all over, improvise American flags, and a choral group of French children sing 'America.' They love our mow-oon-tains. Canadians Advance - After a well earned rest, following the landing battles in Normandy, the Canadians return to the thick of the fighting at...
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News in Brief story on Berlin, showing pictures of US soldiers and tanks and British troops who convoy boy going to school, building Berlin Wall, young couple waves from window (partial newsreel)
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(1) Mass protest against Vietnam war in Washington DC, on mall, across Potomac river to Pentagon, MPs with bayonets emerge from Pentagon, tear gas used, next day camp fires burn on the 2nd day of sitting-in (2) new turbo-jet transport plane by Germany (partial newsreel)
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(1) "Washington, DC: "An all-star cast, including actors Robert Montgomery, Adolph Menjou, and Producer Sam Wood, take the stand to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee that Hollywood is fighting to keep communism out of motion pictures." scenes of HUAC chaired by J. Parnell Thomas and its investigation of the Hollywood 10 (2) U.S. Marks Navy Day - "The Navy reveals new methods of warfare, as the U.S. celebrates Navy Day. Film round-up shows out 'first line of...
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(1) Truman Announces Germany's surrender - "President Truman officially proclaims V-E Day, as Germany submits her unconditional surrender to Gen. Eisenhower's headquarters in Reims." (2) [silent with some sporadic sound] Rise and Fall of the Nazis - "Militant Germany is shown on the march against Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. The rush of the Panzer divisions through the Lowlands causing the downfall of France, the humiliating British retreat from the beaches of Dunkirk, the...
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(1) Hitler Eva Braun private pictures (no sound) (2) Show biz Humanitarian award to Byrnes (3) Holland MI: Dutch tulip festival, parade (4) chimp circus (partial newsreel).
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1) Col. Rudolf Abel is returned to Brooklyn for arraignment, faces charges, after 9 years of spying (2) passenger liner SS President Hoover visited by Hoover on his birthday (3) sideways launching of Dutch freighter in Holland (4) dummy guided missile standing for real Snark in test - then real Snark blastsoff (5) fashions - feathers in hair, and swept-wing hair style of model in car with swept wings (partial newsreel)
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(1) hurricane Connie hits Carolinas, much crop damage, veers north, sideswipes NY, floods in suburbs (2) Flying boxcars collide, 66 die in ?Germany (3) Korea demonstrations support Syngman Rhee who wants arms inspectors to leave the country, and U.S. troops use tear gas (4) 11 American fliers return to Travis AFB (5) sports: soapbox derby in Akron Ohio, at Derby Downs only used once a year for this event (6) college allstars vs Cleveland Browns football game (complete newsreel)
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(1) "When the entire Rhine front explodes into action the First Allied Airborne Army takes flight for the Westphalian plains. From an observation post Gen. Eisenhower and Prime Minister Churchill watch the sky trains roar by overhead. The drop area reached, thousands of chutes float to the ground from twin side-door C-46 carriers, while giant C-47 tow planes release their gliders. Despite damaging resistance the gliders land with their jeeps and other materiel. Shortly, Nazi troops are...
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"Fort Slocum, NY: Modern 'Doughboys' doff their usual khaki and don, of all things, wome's clothes to star in their own version of 'Swing Fever.' Singing and dancing a la Broadway. You'll howl!" men dress as women for stage show (some sound) (partial newsreel)
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Enos chimp prepared for space flight, rocket blastoff, capsule recovered, chimp examined in hospital (partial newsreel).
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"As Allied air fleets converge on Germn cities we get visual evidence of their vital contributions to victory. A fleet of Flying Fortresses reaches Ansbach and utterly ruins the large rail yards there, with tons of accurately placed bombs. Stendall gets the same treatment with remarkable bombing pictures resulting. Wittenberg is quickly set on fire. Other vapor trailing Forts visit Indwigslust and destroy the rail yards with block busters. U. S. fighter planes swoop down on German...
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(1) "We accompany one of the 2,000 American plane formations that are bringing ruin and panic to Berlin. Miles of vapor-streaks are trailing after the huge Flying Fortresses, winging through the frigid sky. Crews are 'on oxygen.' Then Berlin is sighted and the bombs start cascading downward. The scene below is like a field of mushrooms. Flak comes up, and one of our motors goes dead. We head back to Blighty. Some shops drop flares announcing wounded aboard, and instant medical care is...
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(1) "Meeting in Yalta - With the Foreign Secretaries Stettinius, Edon and Molotov on hand, Prime Minister Churchill is greeted, to be quickly followed by Joseph Stalin and President Roosevelt. Within the beautiful czaristic palace at Yalta in the Crimea, the heavy deliberations between the three heads of government begin, with their full staffs in attendance. Personalities on hande include Anne Boettinger, Sarah Oliver Churchill, Harry Hopkins, Steve Early, Ambassador Harriman and...
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(1) "Dramatic scenes of a new conflict that may envelop the world in flames! Hitler's war machine rolls into Poland, encouraged to strike by the new pact with Stalin's 'Red' Russia. With Danzig seized, Polish infantry and cavalry rally to the defense of their homeland. Italy remains in the background, while Nazis pour into the Siegfried Line to stem a possible Allied thrust. England: Tense eleventh-hour scenes in London, as Prime Minister Chamberlain declares a state of war exists! Troops...
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(1) "The Capture of Cologne - Tank units of the onrushing U.S. 1st Army rumble into Cologne's suburbs, with all guns blazing at heavy pockets of Nazi resistance. Stalled street cars are hauled out of the way, and Yank foot soldiers fight their way into Cologne, block by block. Cologne lays in absolute ruin, after having been a 'saturation attack' target for allied bombers for three years. In sharp contrast, the Cathedral stands almost undamaged. Near the Cathedral, a Nazi tank is caught in...
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Expo 67 the largest world's fair ever opens in Canada, on two man-made islands in St. Lawrence River, on 100th anniversary of Canada, jets fly overhead, waterfalls (partial newsreel) Related dates: April 27, 1967: Inaugural Ceremonies for Expo 67 April 28, 1967: Expo 67 opens to the public May 2, 1967: Release date for this film
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Brussels World's Fair nearly completed, U.S. building is circular, vast diorama of Belgium countryside showing transformation from today to future (partial newsreel)
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(1) UN building, Russian Kusnetsov arrives, meets with U Thant, Cuban Missile crisis eases (2) De Gaulle wins referendum to elect President by popular vote (partial newsreel)
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Telstar satellite, 170 lbs, receives signal from Andover Maine, retransmit to Cornwall in Europe, launched on Delta rocket for ATT at cost of $50 million, pictures of ground station (either Maine or Cornwall), 1st TV pictures of dome at Andover transmitted (partial newsreel)
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Eichmann trial for Holocaust crimes; judges speak indictments as Eichmann listens (partial newsreel)
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(1) "At Saipan, after briefing, the members of the 21st bombing Command take to Super Fortresses and roar into the sky - destination Tokyo! They shower tons of bombs and incendiaries on the huge sprawling city as they hit factories, steel mills and docks. Mass civilian evacuation of Tokyo was ordered after this raid. Japs Raid Saipan - Saipan is attacked by Jap raiders, 14 of which are shot down, after they had started spectacular fires and caused minor damage." scenes of Japan...
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(21) 18th anniversary of end of Spanish revolution in Spain, Franco and daughter watch soldiers, "the caudillo looks on with pride, 18 years of peace and rebuilding" (2) Reno NV - first midget convention (partial newsreel)
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Men's chorus sings U.S. Air Force Blue song under pictures of jets [provided by DOD] (partial newsreel).
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(1) "Supreme headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces, Reims: Nazi General Jodl, representing Admiral Doenitz, strides into the 'war room' where Allied Generals await him and his party. After the surrender terms are understood, Jodl fills a third of a page with his scrawly signature, this his associates sign. U.S. General W. B. Smith the Allied Chief of Staff signs as do the remainder of the Allied Generals. In an adjoining room, General Eisenhower, wreathed in smiles, forms the signature...
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(1) "Washington: Hearings begin before the House Un-American Activities Committee, on charges of communist infiltration in Hollywood, Chirman Thomas outlines the scope of the probe; while Eric Johnston, head of the M.P.A., denies the threat of communist influence and states that the Reds will never succeed in Hollywood." scenes of HUAC chaired by J. Parnell Thomas and its investigation of the Hollywood 10 (partial newsreel).
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25 years Ago - Mussolini poised to invade Ethiopia, allies met at Geneva, League voted sanctions, Pierre Laval, Fancour of France, Italian troops march, map of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie and his troops
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(1) JFK in Oval Office, goes to inauguration, sits with Ike in stand, LBJ sworn in as VP by Sam Rayburn, JFK sworn in by Chief Justice Warren, JFK speaks "let the Word go forth ... torch been passed .. proud of our ancient heritage ... committted today at home and around the world ... to our sister republics south of the border in a new alliance of progress join with them to oppose subversion anywhere in the Americas" - lunch in the Capital - procession to the White House riding in...